FTH4110 Ethnodrama: Scripted Ethnography

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. J.L. Guerriero

Course Description:

Students will be introduced to the practice of dramatizing ethnographic data. Three types of reality theatre are examined: monologue, dialogue, and ethnodramatic extension. Students will construct basic ethnodramatic works by scripting a monologue, a dialogue, and an ethnodramatic extension using ethnographic data they have collected.

How This Course Benefits Students:

A survey of ethnodrama and research-based dramatic writing. The course teaches students to express issues through the arts not from the artists perspective, but from the perspective of the subject: the people. The course prepares students to outline a one-act or full-length play based on the ethnographic research they have collected. In the subsequent course, Ethnotheatre, students begin dramatizing certain scenes from their play.

Why This Course Is Important:

Students who study ethnodrama will gain the skills to conduct qualitative research for the purpose of writing and producing an accurate production. The course will aid the student practitioner in producing a good, solid work that holds up to secular scrutiny by incorporating the tools gained in this course and combining it with tools gained in the prerequisite course, Script Analysis.